New edition published December 2019
BACKGROUND ON DISPUTE BOARDS
This section provides the foundation for parties considering the use of a DB for their contracts. It introduces the DB process, explains essential elements, discusses the benefits, and provides general guidance on the use of a DB. The process is also put into context with other forms of alternative dispute resolution processes.
DISPUTE BOARD CONCEPTS
Describes DB procedures to help parties employ the process effectively. Qualities and attributes of Dispute Board members is explored. The DRBF Code of Ethical Conduct is addressed, with an explanation of the required ethical conduct underlying each Canon and some practical guidelines to assist DB members in complying.
ESTABLISHING DISPUTE BOARDS
The types of Dispute Boards are addressed, with guidelines for effective contract documents and an overview of costs and fees in various locations and conditions. This section also explores the use of DBs in FIDIC contracts, and the complexities for Public Private Partnership contracts.
DISPUTE BOARDS – IMPLEMENTATION AND PROCESS
Guidelines for DB operations including nomination and appointment of DB members, referral of disputes, hearing procedures, implementation of the DB’s findings, and the review, termination or renewal of the board.